देश भर के सैकड़ों लोगों ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आदेश के बावजूद अखबार मालिकों द्वारा मजीठिया वेज बोर्ड न दिए जाने के खिलाफ अवमानना याचिका सुप्रीम कोर्ट में लगा रखी है. भड़ास4मीडिया के एडिटर यशवंत सिंह ने भी सैकड़ों मीडियाकर्मियों का प्रतिनिधित्व करते हुए कई मीडिया हाउसों के मालिकों के खिलाफ सुप्रीम कोर्ट में अवमानना याचिका एडवोकेट उमेश शर्मा के माध्यम से दायर कर रखी है. इन सारी याचिकाओं की सुप्रीम कोर्ट सुनवाई इकट्ठे करता है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कई महीनों पहले सुनवाई के दौरान आदेश दिया कि श्रम विभाग के स्पेशल अधिकारी मजीठिया वेज बोर्ड की रिपोर्ट लागू किए जाने को लेकर स्टेटस रिपोर्ट बनाकर कोर्ट में सबमिट करें, उसके बाद अगली सुनवाई होगी.
सुप्रीम कोर्ट के इस आदेश को मीडिया मालिकों और मीडिया मालिकों की भक्त केंद्र व राज्य सरकारों ने एक तगड़ा मौका मान लिया और स्टेटस रिपोर्ट भेजने को लेकर हीलाहवाली शुरू कर दिया. कई राज्यों की स्टेटस रिपोर्ट सुप्रीम कोर्ट जा चुकी है और कई राज्यों की जानी बाकी है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने तीन महीने का वक्त दिया था लेकिन अब डबल तीन महीने होने जा रहे हैं. ऐसे में मीडियाकर्मियों की चिंता बढ़ती जा रही है. तरह तरह की अफवाहों चर्चाओं को पंख लगने लगे हैं.
सबसे ताजी चर्चा ये है कि फिलहाल सुप्रीम कोर्ट में जो जस्टिस गांगुली मजीठिया वेज बोर्ड के मामले को देख रहे हैं, वे काफी सख्त व ईमानदार छवि वाले हैं. उनका रिटायरमेंट साल दो साल में होने वाला है. तब तक मीडिया मालिक और सरकारें मजीठिया मसले को लटका कर रखेंगी ताकि इनके कार्यकाल में कोई फैसला न आ सके. जस्टिस गांगुली के रिटायर होते ही पूरा मामला किसी ऐसे बेंच को सौंप दिया जाएगा जो लीपपोत कर सब कुछ बराबर कर देगा. इन चर्चाओं में कितनी सच्चाई है, इस बारे में तो कुछ नहीं कहा जा सकता लेकिन मजीठिया को लेकर सुप्रीम कोर्ट की लगातार एक्सटेंडेड चुप्पी की तरफ एक पत्र लिखकर भड़ास के एडिटर यशवंत सिंह ने ध्यान दिलाया है. इस पत्र में मजीठिया मामले की जल्द सुनवाई की तारीख तय करने की गुहार की गई है. साथ ही कई अन्य तथ्यों की तरफ ध्यान दिलाया गया है.
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The Chief Justice of India,
Supreme Court of India,
Tilak Marg, New Delhi.
The Registrar General of Supreme Court
Tilak Marg, New Delhi.
Sub: Inordinate delay in listing, hearing and disposal of the bunch of contempt of court petitions bearing CCP Nos. 128/2015 & 129/2015 in WP (C) 246/2011 alongwith all other petitions as listed below:
I) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 411/2014
AVISHEK RAJA & ORS.
ii) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 33/2015
LAKSHMAN RAUT AND ORS
SHOBNA BHARTI AND ORS
iii) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 572/2014
AMIT MISHRA AND OTHERS
NIHAR KOTHARI AND ANOTHER
iv) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 34/2015
SANJAY GUPTA AND ANR
v) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 571/2014
P. NAVEEN RAJ KUMAR & ORS.
RAMOJI RAO & ANR
vi) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 38/2015
RAJIV RANJAN SINHA & ANR.
CHAIRMAN D.B. CORP. LTD. & ANR.
vii) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 46/2015
RAMESH CHANDRA AGARWAL AND ORS
viii) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 450/2014
THE INDIAN EXPRESS EMPLOYEES UNION (REGD.)
VIVEK GOENKA & ANR.
ix) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 50/2015
INDIAN EXPRESS EMPLOYEES UNION (REGD)
VIVEK GOENKA AND ORS.
x) CONMT.PET.(C) NO. 385/2014
INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS
VIVEK GOENKA & ANR
Respected and most Hon’ble Sir(s)
1. We are pained and aggrieved to write to you the anguish felt by the community of journalists who are being deprived of their legitimate revision of benefits of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations which was confirmed by the Honb’le Supreme Court of India way back on 7/2/2014 with specific directions. The rising rate of inflatiion has further added to our woes and we are finding it difficult to meet both our ends meet with the present monetary gains which were ordered to be revised under the statutory Majithia Wage Board notification on 11/11/11 and upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 7/2/14.
2.The managements of the newspapers had challenged the Majithia Notification dated 11/11/11 before Supreme Court of India instead of implementing the same. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India finally dismissed the petitions filed against Majithia Notification and issued specific directions for the release of the benefits of Majithia Wage Board notification vide its orders dated 7/2/2014 within a period of one year w.e.f. 7/2/2014 alongwith arrears, the operative part of the directions of Supreme Court are reproduced hereunder for ready reference:
“71) Accordingly, we hold that the recommendations of the Boards are valid in law, based on genuine and acceptable considerations and there is no valid ground for interference under Article 32 of the Constitution of India.
72) Consequently, all the writ petitions are dismissed with no order as to costs.
73) In view of our conclusion and dismissal of all the writ petitions, the wages as revised/determined shall be payable from 11.11.2011 when the Government of India notified the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards. All the arrears up to March, 2014 shall be paid to all eligible persons in four equal installments within a period of one year from today and continue to pay the revised wages from April, 2014 onwards.
74) In view of the disposal of the writ petitions, the contempt petition is closed.”
3. The management of the newspapers did not implement the aforesaid directions issued by the Supreme Court and started extracting the signatures of the employees on pre-typed formats forcibly on threats of their jobs and started claiming that the recommendations of the wage board are not applicable on it. The aforesaid act of the management is in gross violation of Section 13 of the Working Journalists (C&S) and Misc. Provisions Act, 1955 as the working journalists are entitled to wages at rates not less than those specified in order.
4. The afore listed Contempt of Court Petitions have been filed by some of the deprived employees and their unions which are pending before the Honb’le Supreme Court of India and the court has reiterated that the newspaper establishments are under obligation to pay the dues to the employees in terms of its directions dated 7/2/2015. The court has also issued directions to the Government to seek the compliance of its orders. The directions of the court issued on 28/4/2015 are as under:
“While keeping these contempt petitions pending we issue the following directions :
All the State Governments acting through their respective Chief Secretaries shall, within four weeks from today, appoint Inspectors under Section 17(b) of the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 to determine as to whether the dues and entitlements of all categories of Newspaper Employees including Journalists under the Majithia Wage Board award has been implemented in accordance with the terms thereof. The inspectors appointed by the State Government will naturally exercise their powers as provided under the Act and shall submit their report to this Court through the Labour Commissioners of each State indicating the precise findings on the issue indicated above. This will be done within a period of three months from the date of appointment under Section 17(b) of the Act. The cases will be listed again after receipt of the report as above stated. All contentions with regard to maintainability of the contempt petitions are kept open.”
5. That to frustrate the aforesaid orders of the apex court of the land and to overreach it the management has now come up with the plea that the recommendations of the wage board are not applicable on it and the employees of the establishment have confirmed this in writing. The signatures of the employees of the establishment have been extracted under coercion by misusing the managerial prerogative can not override the statutory benefits of Majithia Wage Board. The managements are further terminating, dismissing, transferring the vocal employees by creating a reign of terror inside the newspaper establishments as a result of which most of the employees have lost their hopes and now forced to surrender before the managements.
6. The said CCPs are not being listed before the Supreme Court although the same are being shown in the advance list regularly as a result of which the affected employees number several lakhs are now getting frustrated and restless. We have come to know that a bunch of around 3800 cases is being adjourned due to administrative reasons in a routine manner.
7. We wish to convey that the present matter is not a routine litigation but a question of life and death for several lakh newspaper employees who are awaiting the outcome of the cases since long. The entire class of newspaper employees are likely to be affected by the outcome of the present petitions hence it is expected that the court may expedite and prioritize the listing of the said petitions keeping in view the hardships being faced by the employees.
We thus request you all to look into the matter at your level and order for the listing of the said cases on priority as it is not possible for all the Petitioners in the said CCPs to approach the court individually and file application separately as per the rules of the Supreme Court. We belief that the rules of justice are handmade to impart justice will be followed and the entire bunch of cases be listed before the court at the earliest.
Representing all the Petitioners in CCP NO. 128/2014
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